Fortnight for Freedom

“The Virgin Mary struck her claim to our nation from the beginning,” Manny Yrique said July 4 during Phoenix’s Mass and Rosary closing out the local observation of the fourth annual nationwide Fortnight for Freedom.

The ideas of forgiveness, freedom and fatherhood surfaced during the June 21 kickoff Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Catholics around Arizona and the nation have been called to observe the period from June 21 through the Fourth of July as the Fortnight for Freedom to celebrate and pray to protect religious freedoms.


The first in a series of daily reflections from the Diocese of Phoenix marking the Fortnight for Freedom — a time when the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power.

Freedom and service took on a new dimension for some Catholics on July 4.

You’ve seen them: weathered faces lined with care, holding their cardboard signs by the side of the road, begging for help. You’re waiting for the light to turn green and try to avoid their stare. What to do?

Terry Chavez opens the door for a delivery, but it’s not the latest gadget from Amazon she’s expecting. Instead, a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer is delivering groceries — groceries with a dose of faith, hope and love, that is.

Dioceses throughout the country will be highlighting the Catholic Church's religious freedom in service to the poor and vulnerable during this year's "Fortnight for Freedom."


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